#Betting101: Speculating an NBA March Madness 1-16

Sunday, March 4, 2018 8:03 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 8:03 PM UTC

Should the NBA front office ditch the conference format for the postseason? The basketball odds might not change much if they adopted a 1-16 seeding structure.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://NBA Betting Forum">NBA: #Betting101</a></h2><p>NBA commissioner Adam Silver had some interesting things to discuss last month during his annual State of the Union address at the All-Star break. Among them was a potential change to the playoff format. There has been plenty of talk over the years about scrapping the East-West structure and letting the top 16 teams into the postseason. Silver didn’t go quite that far; he floated sticking with eight teams from each conference, but re-seeding them 1-16 once the playoffs begin.<br /><br />This would be a pretty big step for the league. But would it really change anything? Let’s exercise our #Betting101 skills by imagining how this year’s playoffs would look under this new hypothetical system, then gauge how it would affect the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds</a> for winning the title.</p><h2>Sweet Sixteen</h2><p>For this exercise, we’re using the NBA standings heading into Sunday’s action. Here’s how the first round would look under a 1-16 system:<br /><br />No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 16 Miami Heat<br />No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 15 Milwaukee Bucks<br />No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 14 Denver Nuggets<br />No. 4 Boston Celtics vs. No. 13 Philadelphia 76ers<br />No. 5 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 12 Indiana Pacers<br />No. 6 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 11 Oklahoma City Thunder<br />No. 7 Minnesota Timberwolves vs. No. 10 San Antonio Spurs<br />No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans vs. No. 9 Washington Wizards<br /><br />The obvious takeaway here, as you might have suspected, is that the Rockets and Warriors would have an easier time getting through the first round. They’d get to play the worst of the playoff qualifiers, who happen to be from the Eastern Conference: the Heat and Bucks, respectively, instead of the Nuggets and Thunder. Golden State is already too chalky for our <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a> at -175 on the futures market at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4427&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a>, but Houston is <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/betting-101-catching-up-with-the-nba-futures-market/83921" title="NBA Futures Market">a compelling choice at +350</a>. Those odds would probably shorten under this 1-16 system.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;if the raptors make the finals i will drink an entire bottle of maple syrup&lt;/p&gt;— Muskan (@mjawandz11) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/mjawandz11/status/970133380934156288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 4, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Someone has to come out a loser here, and that someone is Toronto. The Raptors are the top seed in the East right now would play Miami in the first round. Using this format, they’d end up with the Nuggets instead.</p><p>I’m surprised Mr. Silver hasn’t already announced the change. Otherwise, there’s hardly any difference in the records between the 5-13 teams on this list, so rather than heal the rift between the two conferences, this system would only make life easier for the West. The rich will get richer, as usual.</p>
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